A One-room Challenge And A Bungalow Harb Update

Calling It Home posted a blog today with nearly 200 beautiful room reveal posts. It’s part their “One Room Challenge”, and Vanessa Francis’ before-and-after kitchen is one my favorites. Before…

Isn’t it gorgeous? It’s so great that Kev’s parents decided to go with an all-Simply White interior. Oh, and speaking of the Bungalow barn, the flooring was delivered today and will be installed (fingers crossed) on Monday and Tuesday. Jim & Katie decided to go with Swiftlock’s Antique Hickory Laminate Wood Flooring. It’s the same flooring Jess Wasserman used in their beautiful home. It feels and looks just like hardwood. Here are some photos she shared on her Instagram-feed:

Katie ordered it at Lowes. I can’t wait to see what it does for the space. Once everything is completed, I will share photos!

DIY Window Panel Mirror Tutorial

Did you have an enjoyable weekend? We sure did! We even completed the DIY project we started last week. This mirror from Ballard Design inspired it.

The price of the one in question is $549. This was $500 over our budget so I decided to create something for $50. Here’s my take:

Step 1 – Buy three mirrors for $5.88 from Walmart

Step 2 – If they had pink ones, you can buy them (like I did). Tape the mirrors to the frame and spray it black.

Step 3 – If the pink color of the frame’s underside is still reflected onto the glass, you can use a small brush to fix it.

Step 4 – Scrape off any excess paint after it dries.

Step 5 – Chop nine pieces from trim molding

Step 6 – Spray the backs, and fronts of each piece.

Step 7 – To create the window pane effect use E6000 to glue the nine pieces to the mirrors. Use scrap wood “spacers” to ensure the trim pieces are evenly spaced and straight.

Step 8: Apply heavy-duty foam tape with double-sided adhesive to each mirror’s back.

Scotch brand Outdoor tape was used. This tape can be used to hold items up up to 15 lbs. Each mirror weighs 5 lbs.

Step 9: Use a level or board to fix the mirrors on the wall.

Notice: The mirrors we used were all slightly different sizes, so we ended lining them up at the top rather than the bottom. This is because it’s the area that’s most prominent.

9 Inspiring Trash To Trash Projects

I’ve got flea market fever lately, y’all.

Kevin asked me earlier this month what I wanted for birthday. I suggested something sweet, or something I enjoyed reading, and an hour at Amy’s Antiques. When Kevin asked me what I wanted as a birthday present, I told him something sweet or something to read and a couple hours at Amy’s Antiques.

Lucky for me, and thanks my thoughtful hubby, June 5, brought with it a coconut-cream pie (my favorite!) I am pictured with the book (so inspirational! The flea market trip was postponed because of the busy week. I did manage to make some time today, and it was just as enjoyable to stroll around the market one week late. Amy Antiques was closed. Eastbrook was open, so I went to Eastbrook. If you’re on Instagram and want to view all the videos I shot while I was out and around, you can click my profile pic there (on Instagram).

In keeping with my flea market fever, today’s post will feature some incredible “trash-to-treasure” makeovers. They inspire me to make something new!

  1. Piano turned desk:

This is such a fun and creative way to give a piano new life!

  1. Turned palets into a kitchen island

This is definitely one my favorite palet projects.

  1. Floral mirror made from a regular mirror

Tissue paper never looked so good!

  1. This is how boring file cabinets can be turned into a file cabinet centre.

I can’t count how many file cabinets that were free or cheap I’ve found. They are fun to paint and you can add wood to it!

  1. 1. Old windows are now window art

What is it about the lettering on glasses? So charming!

  1. Shutters turn table:

There are so many great shutter project out there, but this one truly makes my heart smile!

  1. The suitcase is now a side table

This idea is amazing! Vintage suitcase and wooden tray-table make a beautiful bedside!

  1. The four-poster bed is made of house parts

I’m so glad you are my bed!

  1. Headboard is now a fence gate

This is such an idyllic place to travel through!

Do you have any upcycled items? Please share your stories with me!

How To Decorate An Armoire’s Top

I recently helped a friend with her armoire top ideas. I thought I’d write a post to share the details.

There are many different ways to arrange things in an armoire. I like three of my favorites. The first option is to put a larger, flatter item against the wall and then to place different-height items before it.

I like the way the items in the front fall in size. The basket is roughly half the width of the sheep picture. The front can be decorated with a boxwood wreath.

Another arrangement I love is to use clusters of nearly identical, but differing-height items. This is what they did with these green, glazed jugs.

Here’s another example: They used three glass bottles, but changed the color in the middle and highlighted it with live leaves.

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Sep 11, 2018, Layla

Happy Tuesday

I recently helped a friend with her armoire top ideas. I thought I’d write a post to share the details.

There are many different ways to arrange things in an armoire. I like three of my favorites. The first option is to put a larger, flatter item against the wall and then to place different-height items before it.

(source unknown).

Here’s another example of a large, flatter piece at the back and some smaller items at the front.

(French Country Cottage).

I also love the way that the items in the front decrease in size. The basket is roughly half the width of the sheep picture. The front can be decorated with a boxwood wreath.

Another arrangement I love is to use clusters of almost identical but different-height items. This is what they did with these green, glazed jugs.

Another example of similarity is this: They used three glass bottles, but altered their color and highlighted the middle one with live foliage.

You could also try this technique if the height between the ceiling and your armoire is too low. It involves three items. A bucket, low basket, and faux floral stems. They cascade across the basket’s edge.

It’s so easy and stunning!

Here’s one more example of how to group items.

The hat hangs off the corner. I love that the clear glass glasses jugs aren’t in the way of the artwork. The antler sculpture balances perfectly the vignette because it is the exact same color as hat. Also, it’s a perfect scale. It is not as tall and narrow as the artwork, but it is not as large as the largest glass bowl. It is also visually light, which makes it a great match for the visually light (because they are transparent) jugs. Personaly, I’d remove the large, white frame behind the black one. But, other than that, this is an excellent example of visually balanced and interesting groupings!

Let’s see, how about you? Are you decorating the top of an armory lately? I would love to know about the decorations you made!